“They served peanuts anyway…”

by Walter Olson on June 3, 2008

Tehmina Haque’s four-year-old son apparently did not suffer any allergic reaction, but mom got really stressed about the possibility he would so she’s suing American Airlines anyway. The airline says it never promises peanut-free flights, if only because it cannot keep other passengers from bringing their own peanut snacks on board. (Zachary R. Dowdy, “LI woman sues over in-flight peanuts”, Newsday, Jun. 2).

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1 Avierra 06.03.08 at 12:16 pm

Presumably Mom is the one who opened the bag of peanuts and fed them to the kid in the first place. Unless one of the flight attendants was holding a gun to her head and forced her to do it.

2 Dave Lincoln 06.03.08 at 12:28 pm

Couldn’t have been Avierra, as they are not allowed to carry them anymore (hence 3,000 people dead in New York City and all that).

Too bad.

3 E-Bell 06.03.08 at 2:03 pm

Avierra, there’s no allegation in the article that they served peanuts to her or her son. In fact, there’s no allegation that her son even had any reaction to the presence of peanuts on the plane.

She appears to be suing simply because they served peanuts to other passengers and she thus had to watch her son for signs of a reaction.

4 gitarcarver 06.03.08 at 2:22 pm

She appears to be suing simply because they served peanuts to other passengers and she thus had to watch her son for signs of a reaction.

“….. because they allegedly served peanuts to other passengers…..” might be more accurate.

From the article and American Airlines policy:
“American recognizes that some passengers are allergic to peanuts. Although we do not serve peanuts, we do serve other nut products and there may be trace elements of unspecified peanut ingredients, including peanut oils, in meal and snacks.”

5 Adam 06.03.08 at 4:22 pm

Where is the damage? The child did not have any allergic reactions, so she sues cause she was stressed! I go to work everyday and get stressed, that doesn’t mean I’m suing my employer cause my workload can become overbearing. If she is that concerned maybe the child should be placed in a protective bubble, then she can sue for emotional distress due to humiliation.

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